One thing I believe is often overlooked is how diverse our local brewers really are. The mid-Atlantic has a great balance of traditional brewers as well as some that are a bit more experimental. Innovation is great, but striking a balance between different styles of brewers is better. The idea for our next set of interviews was to ask a handful of brewers from unique brewing backgrounds the same set of questions and see how their responses vary and represent their unique experiences and beliefs. For the next six Fridays, we will be presenting a new question with responses from all six of our chosen brewers.

This week’s question is “You are eating your last meal on earth. What are you eating? What are you drinking?”

Favio Garcia of Lost Rhino – Blackened Burger with Blue Cheese and a fresh Spitfire Ale from Kent.

Bill Madden of Mad Fox – A Grandma Pizza from Umberto’s in New Hyde Park, Long Island with a spicy, hoppy IPA.

Jonathan Reeves of Port City Brewing – Wow. Kinda dig being alive and living on this planet, so I can’t say that I have ever thought about this too much. Would also think that if I knew it was my last meal, I’m sure indigestion would probably get in the way of making it enjoyable. That said, I think it would be some beasties from the sea: a crustacean, fish, mollusk, or cephalapod, or a combination. Washed down with a sessionable hoppy ale or lager.


Ernie Igot of Heavy Seas – Ruth’s Chris steak cowboy ribs medium well with Heavy Seas Black Cannon beer.

Matt Brophy of Flying Dog – Green chili smothered burrito. Simcoe Imperial Pale Ale.

Brian Strumke of Stillwater Artisanal Ales – Sitting in a field with some stinky raw milk cheeses, rustic bread, chutney, and lots of saison.

This interview is a part of the six part interview series Six Brewers / Six Questions. Be sure to check out the rest of the series here.